The Anderson Ranch Arts Center heats up the season with new curator-in-residence and the return of its Summer Series.
Yinka Shonibare, CBE, “Moving Up” (2021, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, bespoke globes, brass, leather, hemp rope, paper, various toys, cotton, silk, steel, aluminum and painted wood), 90 1/2 inches by 141 3/4 inches by 98 3/8 inches
For the past 50-plus years, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center has acted as a cultural hub for Aspen’s art community, enriching and inspiring renowned artists to constantly sharpen their tool box and think outside of the lines. Tucked away in Snowmass Village, the Ranch celebrates the arts through creativity, service and community, hosting a variety of extensive workshops and more for established and emerging artists from all over the world. With absolutely no boundaries, the Ranch opens its doors to various mediums, including (but not limited to) photography and new media, ceramics, painting and drawing, woodworking, digital fabrication and so much more. Here, take a behind-the-scenes look at the organization’s impressive (and expressive) Summer Series lineup and newest curator-in-residence, Douglas Fogle.
Douglas Fogle in front of a work by artist Mike Kelley
MEET THE TEAM
The Anderson Ranch Arts Center adds two new key players to its team with Michael Aldridge as the new vice president of external relations and Fogle as the Ranch’s latest curator-in-residence for the summer. “How incredible for the Ranch to have Douglas join the team,” says President and CEO Peter Waanders. “His expertise and deep commitment to the art world, as well as his dedication to bringing that world to the Anderson Ranch community, is sure to inspire both the artists and art enthusiasts on our campus and beyond.” As the second curator since 2019, Fogle will oversee a variety of high-profile offerings like the Summer Series: Featured Artists & Conversations, act as an ambassador for the Ranch, advise on curatorial topics, goals and standards, and liaise with the Ranch’s artistic partners. Douglas shares, “I’m honored to join the team at Anderson Ranch, one of the most respected arts centers in the nation, and to return to my roots in the art world. I can’t wait to immerse myself in this creative community and to help the team realize their dreams for the Ranch’s future.”
Anderson Ranch Arts Center artists in the studio
Making its greatly anticipated return, this year’s Summer Series kicks off early July and runs through Aug. 4. “We are thrilled to once again bring to the Anderson Ranch community some of the most exciting artists of our time,” tells Waanders. “This year will feature an exciting mix of painters, sculptors and photographers.” Showcasing some of the most influential artists of our time, the series explores the art world in both informative and interactive ways. Guests can attend conversations with modern-day influencers, critics and artists and engage in both lectures and Q&A conferences.
RAISE YOUR GLASS
The return of the Summer Series also includes the return of the Ranch’s beloved Recognition Week, which features the annual art auction and community picnic, a 40-year-old tradition spotlighting the works of local, national and international artists. The 2022 Recognition Dinner not only recognizes Anderson Ranch’s International Artist honoree but will also include an entire week of events like the Critical Dialog program (featuring Marilyn Minter, Anna Katz and John Valadez), special half-day artmaking workshops and more.
Accepting this year’s International Artist Award is British-Nigerian conceptual artist Yinka Shonibare. “I am thrilled and honored to be recognized by the Anderson Ranch Arts Center International Artist Award,” says Shonibare. “My work has always engaged with some of the most pertinent issues of our time in art-making, from identity issues to the mythologies of history and representation. African agency in creative expression, which addresses the legacy of empire and its subsequent global impact, has and continues to inspire my multidimensional practice, from gallery-based practice to public art and other socially engaged practices in agriculture and international artists residencies, particularly in Europe and Africa.” He reflects, “This recognition is very encouraging and certain to expand the field of my vision and community engagement. I am pleased to be embraced by the Anderson Ranch community.” 5263 Owl Creek Road, Snowmass Village, 970.923.3181
Photography by: From top: PHOTO: BY STEPHEN WHITE & CO./COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND JAMES COHAN, NEW YORK; PHOTO:BY JAMES MOLLINSON; PHOTO: BY PANOS KOKKINIAS; PHOTO: COURTESY OF ANDERSON RANCH; PHOTO: COURTESY OF ANDERSON RANCH